1939. Original maquette for a poster; comprised of a silver gelatin photograph and gouache on board. The image is 9 3/4 x 14 1/2 inches on larger board, framed and glazed to 18 1/2 x 23 inches. Signed and dated by the artist on the lower margin in white ink; stamped "Design by McKnight Kauffer, 7 August 1939" and "Cat. No. 1171" on the reverse. Item #52122
Edward Kauffer (1890 - 1954) was born in Great Falls, Montana. By 1910, he was working as a bookseller in San Francisco while attending the California School of Design. A bookshop patron, Joseph McKnight, enamored with Kauffer's artistic talents, paid to send him to Paris for further study. In his honor, Kauffer added his patron's name to his.
At the beginning of the First World War, Kauffer moved to London where he remained for the majority of his life. He designed book covers and advertisements throughout his career, but is best known for his series of posters for the London Underground, the London Transport, and Shell Oil.
This maquette is a rare example of his use of photomontage.